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Affogato Cake

Silky creamy Affogato Cake with a punch of espresso! All the appeal of a traditional affogato in lavish cake form, that is fit for your finest holiday guests this season. 

Affogato Cake - Silky luxurious cake with espresso cream! #holiday #espresso #cake

In the last couple years I have gone from a non-coffee drinker to a serious java connoisseur.

You know the story… I eased in with mochas and lattes. Then at one point had a black coffee out of necessity on a really sleepy day and was hooked.

Easy Affogato Cake - Silky luxurious cake with espresso cream! #holiday #espresso #cake

Then to seal the deal, this past summer we spent several weeks in Italy.

Every morning we would trot down to the corner cafe to do breakfast Italian-style. We ordered dark double shots of espresso (doppio espresso) and tiny pastries, then stood at the counter and made light conversation.

Ok. Really, we just listened to other peoples’ conversations in Italian and tried our hardest to understand. But still, it made us feel like we were fitting into the culture a little bit.

KitchenAid Espresso Maker

We drank espresso and cappuccino as often as we could in Italy because it was so rich in flavor. Honestly, I’d never had coffee that tasted so deep and vibrant, like tasting layers in fine wine. On occasion, we ordered our daily thimble-full of gelato with a shot of espresso over the top. This simple Italian treat is known as affogato!

Drinking these tiny shots of intense coffee made us want an espresso maker in the worst way.

When we got home we pondered whether we would really use an espresso maker. Or would it sit on our counter top, looking pretty, but wasting space?

After a few weeks we missed our daily dose of espresso and decided it was time to learn to make it ourselves.

KitchenAid Espresso Maker

Lt. Dan has become the official barista in our house, making luscious power-packed shots of espresso every morning with our new KitchenAid Pro Line Espresso Maker.

He also makes me cappuccino, and although his foam-art needs a little work, the foam itself is marvelous. With the frothing arm on the espresso maker, he can steam and froth ultra silky foam, just like we had in Italy.

I’ve got him studying youtube clips on latte foam art so he can make my cappuccino look as pretty as it tastes!

He’s a good man.

Making Affogato Cake - Silky luxurious cake with espresso cream! #holiday #espresso #cake

It’s rewarding to make rich espresso and espresso drinks at home in the morning, but it’s also fun to BAKE with espresso!

Today’s amazing holiday treat is a cake inspired by the coffee and treats we enjoyed in Italy this summer, Affogato Cake.

How to Make Affogato Cake - Silky luxurious cake with espresso cream! #holiday #espresso #cake

Affogato Cake is similar to a tres leches cake, yet incorporates a hefty dose of freshly brewed espresso, so the moist silky texture oozes a taste of Italy in every bite.

Start by baking a simple two-layer sponge cake. Then mix fresh espresso with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract to make an affogato cream to pour over the top.

Pour the espresso mix over the sponge cakes and allow them to soak up all the creamy-coffee essence.

Then stack them with a layer of whipped cream in the middle, and of course, more whipped cream on top!

Amazing Affogato Cake - Silky luxurious cake with espresso cream! #holiday #espresso #cake

This simple, yet elegant, holiday treat will steal the show at any gathering this season.

(Even on Thanksgiving!)

The espresso saturated cake layers are over-the-top in taste, texture, and visual appeal. Proving once again, that getting an espresso maker was a good decision for us.

Maybe YOU need one…

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Affogato Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Silky Affogato Cake! This traditional Italian treat, glorified into an amazing cake, oozing with sweet vanilla cream and espresso.
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8- to 9-inch cake pans and set aside. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Then add 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  • Crack the eggs into a measuring pitcher. Then with the mixer running, alternate adding the eggs and flour mixture until just combined. Scrape the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two pans and bake for 20 minutes, until golden on top.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, then flip the cakes out of the pans onto wax paper lined plates. Meanwhile, whisk the evaporated milk, condensed milk, espresso and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla together. Set aside.
  • Poke both cakes with a fork thoroughly, to help the espresso mix absorb. Slowly pour half the mixture over each cake and allow them to sit and soak it all up while you make the whipped cream.
  • Using a clean bowl and electric mixer, whip the heavy cream with 1/4 cup sugar until firm peaks form. To assemble: carefully flip one of the cake layers onto a platter with a shallow rim, and peel off the wax paper. Scoop about half of the whipped cream onto the cake and spread evenly. Then carefully flip the second cake layer on top and remove the wax paper. Spread the remaining whipped cream on the top and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 516kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 176mg, Sodium: 217mg, Potassium: 346mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 1220IU, Vitamin C: 1.7mg, Calcium: 236mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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419 comments on “Affogato Cake”

  1. Drool-worthy

  2. I just made this cake for a company holiday party. A few tips/tricks I learned and tweaked:

    -There is very little rise in this cake and it’s a little dense (I assume to hold its shape for the coffee). Keep in mind that if you want a thicker cake, double the batter or use a smaller pan. The cakes are thin like the pictures above.
    -The coffee mixture makes a bit too much. I didn’t use it all as I didn’t want my cake completely saturated with no structure. I poked the holes and let it sit for 15-20 minutes to absorb all it could, then took off the soak plates. The cakes were still perfectly strong enough to lift and work with and still released syrup when pressed with a fork.
    -I was able to bake the cakes one day and assemble the whole thing the next day after refrigerating the dry cakes.
    -MOST IMPORTANTLY: I used a stabilized whipped cream with mascarpone. If you use just whipped cream as in the recipe, it won’t hold for longer than a couple of hours and your cream will melt right off. You can only do this right before serving. With stabilized cream, my cream topping held for more than a day and was perfect and delicious. Whip 8 oz unsweetened mascarpone cheese with 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in a cold bowl until combined. Then add 2 cups ice cold whipping cream and whip until stiff peaks form. This cream is stable enough even for piping.

    Everyone loved the cake and the strong espresso flavor! It’s a little like tiramisu, especially if you do the mascarpone cream. If you don’t have an espresso machine like in the article, go to your local coffee shop and talk them into making you a small coffee cup full of 6 shots like I did! I brought the cup home and made this cake :)

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  4. I made this wonderful cake today for my 22nd wedding anniversary. Oh my goodness it was heavenly!
    Thank you very much for your simple and clear instructions!

  5. I love me some affagoto summer, winter any time of year ;) and that cake looks amazing!!’

  6. espresso !!!!

  7. latte

  8. Americano with steamed cream!

  9. Coffee with Hazelnut and Cream is my favorite flavor

  10. Espresso martini

  11. I love mochas!

  12. My favorite coffee drink is a peppermint latte….oooh yes!

  13. I love ‘mocha java’. Yummy coffee and hot chocolate making whoopee in the same cup. Ooo-la-la!

  14. I love just plain old lattes :)

  15. I don’t drink coffee but I have a daughter who would LOVE this :)

  16. I like my coffee black. But I’ve got friends who would never go home if I had this thing.

  17. Black coffee and lattes.

  18. Espresso shot with a bit of chocolate syrup

  19. I love all coffee.. I’m a major fan of coffee

  20. cafe Latte!!!

  21. I like to drink cappuccinos or lattes.

  22. lattes and iced coffees

  23. Flavored coffees with flavored creamer.

  24. Anything coffee! But if I must choose one then….a cappuccino

  25. I LOVE a good latte with a squirt or two of almond flavoring. Heaven in a cup!

  26. Expresso

  27. My favorite drink is definitely a latte!

  28. My favorite coffee drink is a Carmel cappuccino love them an I like lattes to

  29. Would love this for my house!

  30. White chocolate mocha!

  31. I love triple shot toffee nut lattes!!

  32. During the holiday season, I love Gingerbread lattes!

  33. Latte anytime!

  34. Love a latte

  35. my family would love to have this! wow!!!

  36. I would LOVE this! My daughter is a barista at a local cafe & this would make home life great! She could make us egg nog lattes & delicious espresso when ever we like. (which is always) We bought her a trip to Italy for graduation and she developed a love for espresso which she has shared with us!

  37. I love dark, strong coffee with cream and hazelnut syrup. This machine is gorgeous!

  38. Need my coffee this would surely make it even better

  39. What a beauty;) I enjoy the art in making a good espresso beverage;)

  40. Latte’s! YUM

  41. I love coffee, espresso and latte’s!!!!

  42. Love this!!!

  43. Love it!

  44. Forgot to mention, I love lattes!

  45. This looks amazing!

  46. My favorite coffee drink is a cappuccino.

  47. Can I just say YES? I love coffee! Prefer more on the coffee/espresso side than any doctoring up!

  48. My favorite is espresso.

  49. Tough question …Coffee with cream and hazelnut syrup.

  50. I absolutely love anything that has peppermint added to it! (The Starbucks special holiday lattes rock my socks)

  51. Coffee with cream and sugar.

  52. Black coffee with vanilla creamer is my favorite!

  53. Almond milk lattes are my favorite.

  54. I love espresso and lattes

  55. I love lattes in all sorts of flavors! Mint, caramel, plain, mocha …. Mmm mmm mmm

  56. Chai latte!

  57. Caramel latte!! Yum!!

  58. I love a good caramel latte!

  59. Mocha latte, iced or hot. Either way, yuuuuuum

  60. I’m not a really big coffee drinker and usually I’ll just have straight black coffee, but every now and then I want a latte.
    (That affogato cake looks delicious!)

  61. Oooo tough choice! I’d have to go with a wet cappuccino.

  62. My favorite drink is a traditional latte’

  63. Carmel Latte, the best!!!!

  64. Gotta be a good olé mocha!

  65. I love creamy cappuccinos with fresh roasted beans and organic milk – homemade if possible!

  66. Latte with extra foam.

  67. I love lattes!

  68. I love a strong cup of coffee with a touch cream and sugar. I’d especially love it with a piece of that gorgeous cake. Yum!!!

  69. Americano or a macchiato (the authentic one, not the Starbucks version).

  70. My fav would have to be a white chocolate mocha. mmmmm

  71. Caramel Machiato please!

  72. I like black strong dark roast coffee with sugar and milk.

  73. I love a rich, bold, black cup of coffee!!

  74. I need to make this cake ASAP!

  75. A gingerbread latte!

  76. Love espresso in any form!

  77. Javva Latte are my favorite!!!!

  78. Chai Latte!

  79. Whole milk latte is my go-to espresso drink

  80. We are a coffee obsessed family..other than good ole dark rich coffee (hot) we lot iced brews, frozen brews (adult)..hot brandy alexanders..fraps..all types of speciality coffees..like Thai
    What a great gift this would be for us. Love it.

  81. Hazelnut Caramel Latte

  82. My favorite coffee to drink is iced coffee with hazelnut syrup and sweetened condensed milk!

  83. Latte with whipped cream!

  84. My favorite coffee drink is cappuccino sprinkled with cinnamon..

  85. This machine looks so beautiful. My niece loves to make espresso drinks for the family. She would never leave my house if I had this and that would be fine with me.

  86. Macciato! YUm

  87. Macchiato!

  88. Chai latte…

  89. I LOVE latte’s. And extra foam, I die!

  90. Vanilla latte!

  91. My daughter would love this; though Starbucks would hate to lose her as a customer. :)

  92. <3 just espresso

  93. Cappuccinos are my favorite. :)

  94. The prompt wasn’t working, so I’m winging it here!

    How I want thee….

    Let me count the Lattes!!

    ANY latte is good! My current favorite is a salted carmel mocha version!

  95. This is gorgeous! *drooling!*

  96. Espresso and lattes are the best!

  97. I love Caramel Lattes. Well I pretty much like everything coffee !

  98. Vanilla lattes, yummo!!

  99. Chai latte!

  100. anything gingerbread!!!!

  101. Dry cappuccino raw sugar and lots of foam.

  102. a red eye

  103. Iced coffee with milk and cinnamon!

  104. Peppermint mochas!

  105. I love a good cup of French press coffee at home, or a cappuccino when I’m on the run. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  106. Expresso is my Favorite Drink…Thanks

  107. Pumpkin latte

  108. I love a latte!

  109. My favorite is an Americano :)

  110. I fell in Love with espresso coffee when I visited Europe many, many years ago..a small shot of espresso with a faint essence of spices adds a decadent touch tied in with a hardy blueberry muffin..

  111. My favorite coffee drink is actually in the form of ice cream and cake. Anything with coffee and chocolate is a winner in my book!

  112. I love this machine, and all the colors that it comes in! I love a good cappucino.

  113. I love a gibralter!

  114. I love macchiatos!

  115. I like lattes.

  116. caramel macchiato is my favorite.

  117. All of these cakes look delish!! Might have to try one this weekend….. Mmmm and enjoy it with my mint latte.

  118. I like cappucino

  119. I’d love to see that on my counter first thing in the morning. I also love the font you use in your comment box. Simple pleasures both.

  120. Love the cake and I do love my coffee

  121. Greetings, Totally awesome! I can not imagine the feeling of winning such a “Grand” gift. I would be so thrilled! Happy Thanksgiving to all…

  122. White Chocolate Mocha!!!

  123. Chai lattes

  124. Are you KIDDING ME!? Wow – what a giveaway.

    Oh, okay. I’m calm now. Mostly.

    Favorite coffee drink? Espresso. Because, really, I try to stay away from grown up drinks. But my husband has always loved the espresso, being from South America and taking his coffee quite seriously.

    I also love to use it for lovely tiramisu. I might need to make this cake immediately after Thanksgiving – since the house is currenltly taken over by all things Thanksgiving. A tres leches, but coffeed up? Sounds right up our alley!

  125. This cake looks SOOO good! I would love to win the coffee machine- my favorite coffee drink is just plain old regular cream no sugar.

  126. Cappuccino !!!

  127. This sounds amazing and would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

  128. I love coffee with a bit of almond milk in it!

  129. I love a good latte, plain with extra foam!

  130. an iced caramel latte

  131. i was online looking for pie recipes but I’m totally going to make this instead! I love the classic affogato, so make it into a cake is going to be amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  132. I love holiday drinks like pumpkin spice lattes during this time of year, but coffee black will suit me just fine!

  133. I am such a HUGE coffee fan! This recipe speak to my heart.
    Going to have to figure out a gluten-free version because I must try it.

  134. This feels sort of like a copout, but the truth is I love most every kind of coffee drink I’ve ever had, save for plain ol’ black coffee (gotta have some milk with my ‘joe). I really like the Aeropress, French press. I’ve been known to enjoy cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas. I have a cheapo espresso machine I bought when I first started getting into coffee, but goodness, that Kitchenaid is a thing of beauty.

  135. My favorite coffee drink is Bombón. I am living in Boston but I am from Spain and in my country each city has their own coffee recipes. For my city Bombón, speaking about coffee, is coffee with sweetened condensed milk.

  136. Awesome giveaway! Cappachino is my favorite!

  137. What a great giveaway! I too fell in love with espresso when on my honeymoon in Paris, and miss my daily espresso fix.

  138. I love lattes!

  139. My favorite coffee drink is Mocha!

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  140. I love pumpkin and Ginger lattes this time of year!

  141. Good ol’ black coffee.

  142. I’m pretty sure that I just had a “happy moment” looking at how easy that amazing cake is to make!

  143. Peppermint Mocha

  144. Gorgeous mac hine and love lattes

  145. My most favorite when I was in Italy was cappuccino fredo (iced cappuccino). YUM!!!

  146. Gorgeous machine, and I love lattes!

  147. Caramel Macchiato! MMM!

  148. I love white chocolate peppermint mocha!

  149. My favorite is Pumpkin spice lattes with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome prize!!!

  150. I love doppio espresso with a hint of chocolate, but it is nearly impossible to find a decent cup in the US, unless you are in a major city like New York or Washington, DC.

  151. I love any espresso-based drink! But I tried a really good one in Italy called Marocchino (espresso, chocolate, foam).

  152. My absolute favorite is a Venti Cafe Vanilla Frappacino with a double shot of espresso at Starbucks. I don’t get them very often but they are scrumptious!!

  153. I love a good Dirty Chai (a chai with an added shot or two or espresso). Would love this machine!

  154. I love Americanos!

  155. A latte.

  156. i love a plain ol’ latte, or an americano when i feel like i need an extra boost.

  157. i love peppermint mochas!

  158. I love cappuccinos, while my husband is an espresso lover.

  159. I love any kind of coffee! Lately.my favorite is chestnut praline latte, but often enjoy cafe mocha and any kind of Frappuccino

  160. I love a classic espresso! This recipe looks amazing.

  161. I love salted caramel lattes. And that is the most beautiful espresso machine I have ever seen!

  162. I love vanilla lattes

  163. A cappuccino would be great!

  164. Generally if it’s coffee, I love it! Love a good vanilla cappuccino though…

  165. Coffee, kalua and whipped cream!

  166. My espresso machine died, so I’d love to get a new one! How else can I make this delicious looking cake?! :)

  167. my go to coffee drink, is well…coffee
    But I love Lattes, just plain good espresso steamed frothy lattes.

  168. Love coffee for drinking and cooking. Espresso is the best!

  169. I looooved living in Italy. While I was there I usually had a cappuccino and a croissant with creme in it. My favorite here is a mocha. :)

  170. I Love cafe latte (usually non-fat, but better with 2% milk)!

  171. Any flavor of latte! Also I love espresso!

  172. Like French Vanilla Latte–or plain old black, but who knows, perhaps there’s a whole plethora of favors I haven’t tried!

  173. Since I live so far away from real coffee (30 miles), caramel lattes are a rare treat!

  174. I love just a plain Americano with LOTS of cream!

  175. coffee – that’s how to start your morning right!

  176. I’m so boring I love just plain black coffee. BUT it has to be good coffee and made really well. I’ve also been known to get caffè macchiatos on those really hard days :)

  177. Vanilla latte or hot apple cider.

  178. I enjoy the fancy coffee drinks every now and then, but I drink an americano on a daily basis.

  179. i think my favorite coffee drink would be anything and everything from starbucks. i go there almost every day. and i have worn out 3 keurig machines.
    so this machine would be super nice to have.
    i would even make coffee for my wife! ;)

  180. I love white mochas!!!

  181. I love a good Mocha!

  182. This looks delicious!

  183. Favorite drink – a tall toffeenut americano. So this is right up my alley! And so is this cake!! Wowzer!

  184. This cake looks delicious, I have never heard of it, thank you for the recipe, I will be bookmarking this to make soon.

    My favorite coffee is a good Cappuccino.

  185. Love hazelnut coffee…

  186. Love the coffee in Italy, would love to be able to come close to it here.

  187. A hot cup of hazelnut!

  188. My favorite drink is just a regular latte. Maybe hazelnut.

  189. I like be a nice cup of hazelnut!

  190. Bold strong hot coffee with a touch of Italian cream & half & half- Wow!

  191. I love caramel fraps!

  192. Loving cappuccino

  193. I like Pumpkin Spice Lattes and any flavor iced coffees.

  194. I’m not sure if its an actual drink, but I like a shot of hot espresso topped with some sweetened, homemade whipped cream! Delicious!

  195. double shot espresso

  196. I would SO love to have that!

  197. love a good cappuccino with a sprinkle of cinnamon …also loving that machine in the RED!!!

  198. Salted Caramel Latte is the best mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

  199. Strong brewed Starbucks (brewed at home), a magic wake up potion, with Italian Sweet Cream.

  200. Nothing beats a triple espresso con panna!!

  201. I love almost any coffee drink! In Italy it was cappuccino in the morning and in Peru it was just coffee with a touch of milk.

  202. My favourite drink has got to be a latte!

  203. French press with hazelnut coffee creamer!

  204. Espresso and a cup of black joe!

  205. I love to get a good mocha!

  206. I love soy lattes!

  207. I love a good cafe mocha! There is something about coffee and chocolate!

  208. Wow! What a cake! This just sounds outstanding, Sommer. I love baking with coffee!

  209. I love french vanilla cappuccino

  210. Love Pumpkin Lattes this time of year

  211. I had a Kafe 7 in Heidelberg Germany. It was a big coffee bowl with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 steamed milk topped with whipped cream and it was addictive. I bought big coffee mugs and have tried to replicate it at home with german coffee, but I haven’t been able to duplicate it yet. Maybe I need to go back and do some more research.

  212. Americano with cream!

  213. Hazelnut latte, whipped cream and chocolate powder :-)

  214. Cafe con leche for this girl!

  215. My favorite coffee drink would be Café con Leche.

  216. Cafe Breve or chai latte

  217. Omg this looks fabulous! I’m a simple girl, give me a latte anyday!

  218. I love a great latte!

  219. A latte. No syrups or sugar…just plain. My comfort drink.

  220. I like black coffee the best.

  221. double shot of espresso

  222. Iced macchiato

  223. Anytime, anyway you serve it!

  224. My favorite drink is a mug of strong black dark roast coffee. Straight up. No cream or sugar. Pure rich coffe.

  225. Usually black, occasionally a cappucino or iced coffee

  226. My favorite ever is an iced blended “grasshopper gone bananas” that I used to get at our local coffee shop made. Unfortunately they went out of business & I’ve been unable to replicate it.

  227. All the coffee!!!! Hot, cold, flavored, in desserts! I love it!

  228. Strong and black

  229. i love just a double shot..no cream, no foam, just espresso.

  230. Americano with cream

  231. Cafe au lait

  232. I love mochas!

  233. White chocolate mocha.

  234. Chestnut Praline from Starbucks

  235. I love the new Chestnut Praline from Starbucks.

  236. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  237. Sugar Free French Vanilla Iced Coffee!!

  238. I love black coffee with a splash of heavy whipping cream!

  239. I love an Americano with a touch of cinnamon & cream! Yum!

  240. Cafe mocha is my favorite!

  241. Black coffee!! Strong!

  242. Caramel macchiato!

  243. I love ice coffee in the summer!

  244. Americano !

  245. Steaming hot espresso

  246. Cafe Mocha with skim milk and whipped cream! Thanks for the giveaway!

  247. Extra hot latte

  248. I love anything coffee; Expresso, Late, Capuccino with lost of froth!!!!!

  249. Cafe mocha, love that hint of chocolate!

  250. cake looks delish! love some espresso

  251. I love this recipe…. and have a friend who would make it for me!! Yum!

  252. yum! And my espresso machine’s water pump is going, so this would be perfect timing.

  253. Caffeine Caffiene…it maintains my sunny personality

  254. Cafe lattes. Mmmmmmm. Perfect for the holiday season!!!

  255. lattes especially caramel

  256. My favorite is just plain coffee with cream and sugar

  257. Anything vanilla or caramel is my favorite. This is a great giveaway!

  258. i love espresso over ice

  259. I love lattes and especially cappuccino!

  260. Mmm..all coffee is perfect, but I do love a good latte.

  261. Cappuccino!!

  262. I love lattes!

  263. I’m a big latte fan

  264. For me, it’s either black coffee with sugar, or a vanilla latte!

  265. Oh my I would love to have this machine. A latte a day makes me oh so happy. And this cake. I need some of that in my life.

  266. What a fantabulous giveaway! I almost never enter giveaways, but this one is calling my name!! My favorite coffee drink? I think that has to be the very first cup of steaming black coffee that I sit down with every morning, there’s nothing like that first sip!

  267. My favorite coffee drink is cinnamon coffee.

  268. I love a good peppermint latte around the holidays.

  269. I am an espresso girl. Yes, I have crazy tastes – I love raspberry expresso.

  270. French vanilla is my favorite coffee drink.

  271. My favorite coffee is a flavored chocolate raspberry that I buy online.

  272. regular day – doppio espresso
    special occasion – mocha latte

  273. Oh my, I just posted a twist on an affogato today, but this takes the cake, literally! This is brilliant, Sommer!

  274. i like a very basic coffee with just some cream.

  275. I like peppermint mocha cappuccino.

  276. I love creamy hazelnut lattes. Yum!

  277. I’m a fan of frozen coffee drinks.

  278. Strong coffee mixed with hot chocolate powder

  279. Caramel Macchiato!

  280. My favorite coffee drink is French vanilla cappuccino.

  281. I love cappuccino!!!

  282. Love espresso – especially when drunk in Italy!

  283. I love a good cappuccino!

  284. I live for morning lattes!

  285. I love cafe mocha. The best one I ever had was in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

  286. I think a good cappuccino is the best with lots of foam! I have also gotten attached to hot coffee butter beer as of late. It would be fantastic to be able to make them at home and entertain with it.

  287. Caramel macchiato all the way!

  288. I just love a good cup of fresh ground coffee with a splash of plain soy milk.

  289. My favorite coffee drink is a non fat Cinnamon Dolce Latte, i also like a cafe mocha, both are favorites.

  290. my favorite is hazelnut coffee. I am in love with it.
    But i love all the seasonal flavors too.
    And then add some cream, or any sort of toppings to it.

  291. This is a beautiful espresso machine! My favorite coffee is simple espresso, no accoutrements necessary.

  292. One of my very favorite memories of our trip to Italy was the fabulous coffee. I remember when I learned to order it correctly, I was so proud of myself. :)

  293. Espresso with Sambuca is so tasty!

  294. I love an espresso machine. I have been looking at some machines but this one is really nice! My favorite coffee is mocha anything.

  295. I like Cappuccino. Thank you for the giveaway!

  296. I love white chocolate mocha latte!

  297. My favorite is latte.

  298. My favorite coffee drink is caffe mocha, but I’ve been making an effort to drink black coffee more often to keep my sugar intake down.

  299. I love a good strong Ethiopian coffee, black.

  300. For many years I was a tea drinker only. Then one day my husband convinced me to try a Mocha Latte, and kaboom, a new habit was born. It is a must now every morning.

  301. can’t wait to try this cake and of course, I would love to win the espresso machine too!!! :)

  302. I have a latte every morning! They’re my favorite!

  303. I had to come back and comment on the cake—–fantastic! Plus several weeks in Italy???? This is going to put a strain on our budding friendship.

  304. In the summer I like it cold with cream and lots of ice. In the cooler weather I love it hot with cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, maybe some chocolate too.

  305. I love both coffee and cappuccino. But then anything with coffee in it is wonderful. :)

  306. All coffee, any coffee…coffee!!

  307. Thanks for the little Italian vacation. :D Of course I would love to have this.

  308. I love Americanos, such a lovely drink.

  309. Caramel Macchiato !

  310. I need either a gingerbread latte, or a pumpkin one or an eggnog one.
    OR maybe all three and be wild and crazy—-and I would be after 3!!!!!

  311. Americans are my go to beverage but if I’m being indulgent then I’ll have a cappuccino or latte. Cake looks delicious

  312. My favorite depends on the season – right now I absolutely LOVE a Venti triple salted caramel white mocha (usually they make it with “regular” mocha but the white chocolate is soooo much tastier!)

  313. That cake looks like a dream, and so does the espresso machine!

  314. Mocha Hot Chocolate!

  315. I love lattes and iced coffees!

  316. Cafe Breve is my favorite coffee drink!

  317. I like a french vanilla cappuccino.

  318. I like cappuccinos!

  319. I love coffee and my favorite coffee drink is a plain unflavored latte.

  320. Hazelnut Machiatto

  321. Right now, anything with pumpkin!

  322. I love Gingerbread Lattes!

  323. This cake looks great!

  324. I have been researching espresso machines for months now! I love that you included youtube tutorials too :) Would love to win one!!

  325. I love me a well-crafted latte!

  326. Java Mocha with ice!

  327. yummm, I love affogato – can’t wait to try this recipe

  328. I love just plain coffee with a little bit of soy milk, the holiday bean flavors are my favorite though like gingerbread and cinnamon! I also like cappuccinos too :)

  329. I would love to have one of those. And, I can’t wait to try the cake. Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win!

  330. I adore Caramel Macchiatos!

  331. omigosh, I want that! I. Love. Coffee. In any form.

  332. I can’t wait to make this cake! I’m a regular coffee-drinker, but love Vietnamese coffee as a treat every once in a while!

  333. Other than anything and everything seasonal, I like a good Americano!

  334. Such an awesome giveaway!!! And I love this cake too :)

  335. I love most espresso drinks, especially capuccinos.

  336. I love Americanos :)

  337. This cake is incredible Sommer! I’m a huge espresso/cappuccino person (I could live on the stuff), so I can’t even imagine how much I’d love this cake. I had a chance to witness the new KitchenAid at Todd & Diane’s studio about a month ago, and I can say that it was a true beauty.

  338. I purchased a red KitchenAid mixer for my sister for her 30th birthday. It took me awhile to save up the money (both of us are supporting our parents who are elderly and unable to work any more), however, seeing the look on her face when she unwrapped the gift was priceless! We would absolutely LOVE to win this espresso machine. We don’t go out for coffee much, so the coffee that we do drink is made with a coffee maker that’s about five years old now. Winning the espresso maker would definitely do wonders for the kitchen and for our caffeine-driven lives.

  339. This is an amazing creation! Look at that foamy top, awesome! :)

  340. Winning this would save me soo much money considering I stop every morning on the way to work to get a 6 shot white chocolate mocha. My weakness…

  341. YUM! Love my lattes :)

  342. Yum!! I will take my caffeine in any shape or form!

  343. Affogato is absolutely a favorite of mine, but hard to find where I live!

  344. I love my coffee with some french vanilla coconut milk and if out as a treat a white chocolate mocha

  345. I love cappuccino! :)

  346. Such a delicious cake! Yes, please

  347. This machine looks awesome!!

  348. White Chocolate Mocha!

  349. A nice bold, strong espresso is the best way to start the mornings!

  350. oh my gawd, Sommer!! This cake!!! and this giveaway! So cool! My fave coffee drink: cappuccinos!

  351. I like all kinds if coffee. Latte and a slice of cake.

  352. Espresso/latte/cappuccino…those are my favorite ways to coffee. And! An affogato has to be one of the greatest delicious inventions of all time.

  353. My favorite is a really good espresso. Although a good a latte can make my day, as well.

  354. WHOA!!! I’ll take a slice….or three! Looks gorgeous!

  355. Any kind of Latte!!

  356. Love Expresso!

  357. Chai tea latte!

  358. amazing cake Sommer. Soy Latte.

  359. I LOVE Americanos so this is right up my alley!

  360. This cake looks so light and delicious, but I’m sure it’s not “light” :)
    Favorite coffee is flavored – hazelnut, French vanilla… I’m sure they’re better in Italy!

  361. In my dreams. Loved espresso in Italy but could never make it at home.

  362. This sounds to die for!

  363. Cafe Americain, black

  364. The cake looks fabulous!

  365. WOW! Great giveaway Sommer! What a beautiful machine. It feels more like Italy just using it.

  366. That looks so good & makes me want to go to Italy right now!

  367. Yes, coffee in Europe is much better than here.

  368. I want to try this right now!

  369. I love plain expresso!!!

  370. I love my coffee black with a bit of grassfed butter or coconut oil mixed in!

  371. I love flavored coffees, like hazelnut or southern pecan.

  372. My guilty pleasure is a peppermint mocha latte…it’s that time of year!

  373. My favorite coffee drink is something I had when I lived in Italy. It’s called Cafe Correcto. Espresso w/brandy. Preferably Vecchia Romangna Brandy.

  374. What a dream cake!! Nom Nom Nom :)

  375. Irish coffee!!

  376. So fun!! Love espresso makers – they make a bold statement in the kitchen!

  377. I love Frappuccino’s!

  378. Yes, the coffee in Europe is so different than in the U.S. The “little” cups of espresso are so delicious and satisfying. What a lovely Giveaway!

  379. I love Americanos

  380. Oh my goodness! This is to die for!!!

  381. Wow! I had to go make myself a coffee in the middle of reading this post. :)

    Gorgeous cake! My mum makes something similar and it is heaven.

    And that espresso maker?? KitchenAid always gets it right.

  382. This looks out-of-this-world amazing! I have never had Affogato cake before but now I simply must!